After having played my beloved '67 Martin D-28 since the early 80's, I recently acquired the Songwriter and tio say I was blown away is an understatement. It is now my "go to" ax and I don't think I've picked the Martin up since acquiring this gem. The sound is of course different from the Martin-- Much, much brighter sound, perfectly balanced throughout with a base that resonates beautifully with the high notes. No dark sounds coming out of this baby. It is a dream to play, virtually identical to playing an electric and on top of all that, the guitar is simply beautiful to behold. Very well made and finished. Every guitar playing friend, some of them long time professionals, that has played it loved it. Those guys in Bozeman definitely have their act together with this one!!